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New wellies

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Wednesday 13th to Monday 18th January

On 13th January 2015 I went live on the transplant list.

From my blog back on that day –

“Tuesday morning I get the call. I’m now live on the transplant ‘Priority’ list. Phones to be kept charged, not on silent etc. Now on standby for call any time, day or night. Wonder how hard this is going to turn out to be, could be out shopping, in the shower, having a meal, anything 😏

So if I go quiet you will know where I am!”

And we all know what happened next πŸ₯

That was 6 years ago now, gosh I was SO unwell at that time.

Thanks to my two donors and their families I am now fit and well.

And able to spend some of my time in the kitchen making these chocolate cupcakes!

Myself and Leah also tried the Breakfast wrap hack

Perhaps a bit more filling next time, but it was rather πŸ˜‹

Time to christen my new wellies. My old ones have been leaking for so long. Such a treat to not come back from a walk with wet and muddy socks and feet!

I love them 😍

Mind blowing

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Thursday 7th to Tuesday 12th January

‘The world is currently experiencing a pandemic of an infectious disease called coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19. COVID-19 is caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and is part of a large family of coronaviruses. Coronaviruses are transmitted from animals to people, with this particular strain of coronavirus thought to have originated from a seafood market in the city of Wuhan in China in late December of 2019. Symptoms of COVID-19 resemble that of the common cold, with those infected often experiencing fever, coughing and shortness of breath. However, infection can lead to pneumonia, multi-organ failure, severe acute respiratory syndrome and even death in more severe cases. The elderly and those with pre-existing chronic health conditions have accounted for the majority of deaths from COVID-19.’

On 31st January 2020 the first two cases of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom were confirmed. At the end of February there were 23.

On 11th January 2021 there were 45,533 new people with a confirmed positive test result reported!

And between 31st January 2020 and 11th January 2021 there have been 3,164,051 people who have had a confirmed positive test result.

Over 90 million cases have been confirmed worldwide and the disease has claimed nearly two million lives.

You can see from the above figures how quickly it has spread and how much it has affected people all over the world.

Now many things have blown my mind during this coronavirus pandemic, many things about it are way above my understanding, but can you actually believe that the total amount of Covid-19 that is infecting humans around the world would fit into little more than a teaspoon?!

“All the chaos in the world … is down to a teaspoon’s worth of trouble”

Have a read ofΒ World’s Covid almost fits on a teaspoon

Now I know that this article was published back in November 2020 and the number of cases has now gone up but even so, the mathematician says that even at the upper end of his estimates, all the Covid virus on the planet would fit inside a shot glass.

😱🀯😱🀯😱🀯

How can that do so much damage!!!

In other exciting news – This is the cover photo of our town’s new 2021 calendar. I sent in two picture entries back before Christmas and one of my photographs was chosen to be December’s pic 🀩 so watch this space …

#ILoveStars

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Friday 25th to Thursday 31st December

Happy Christmas Day πŸŽ…

Leah cooked for us, we had the most delicious Christmas dinner πŸ˜‹

#ILoveStars 😍

As always I was VERY spoilt with ALL of the wonderful presents I received.

Myself and Leah were very excited when we woke up one morning to find snow β˜ƒοΈ

Off we went on an early morning walk πŸ‘£ It was freezing πŸ₯Ά

Some great photo opportunities for us both though!

So now its time to send you my best wishes for 2021 πŸŽ‰

Let’s see what this next year is going to throw at us …

Madness

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Saturday 19th to Thursday 24th December

So since my last post things seem to have gone mad.

Apart from my car being run into and the weather being awful, lots of β˜”οΈ and flooding …

Covid-19 is back with a vengeance.

Christmas has been destroyed for so many people, there was a very big hold up of lorries crossing over to France, worries about food shortages as a result, many flights out of the UK cancelled, another national lockdown looming.

Tough times πŸ˜’

Stay strong everyone.

We must all still try and make the best of it. Things will be different but hopefully we can still have some nice times. And maybe all the different vaccines will slowly start to make things easier for us all 🀞

But just for now, I would like to wish you all a HAPPY CHRISTMAS πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸŽ

Very soon to be Tier 4 …

Christmas preparations

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Tuesday 1st to Friday 18th December

Welcome to my least favourite month of the year!

The month is taken over by various and constant Christmas preparations which I do not especially enjoy!

So on Tuesday 8th December a 90 year old UK grandmother became the first person IN THE WORLD to be given the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination. Just how amazing is that?

Back to work again for me, I wonder how long for this time? Until this vaccination programme really gets going I have a little feeling that I might be off again after Christmas.

Here’s a little snippet from Carols on the Doorstep

We went along to join in with our neighbour Arthur and Radio Oxford to have a little Christmas carol sing-a-long 🎢

One Thursday I was excited to find this on my doorstep.

It was from the volunteer team at the John Radcliffe Hospital ‘to let us know they are thinking of us at this time of year’.

They normally put on an amazing Christmas lunch, usually in a big hotel or conference centre around Oxford for over 100 people. Obviously that cannot happen, so they sent us all our own little ‘Christmas dinner’. Turkey, stuffing and cranberry sandwiches, Christmas cake, shortbread, chocolates and a Christmas cracker.

Thank you 😍 I miss my volunteering ☹️

I’ve never been to this before but as it was an event that could still go ahead this Christmas we went along to watch the Christmas Tractor Run

Some of the tractors were amazing, I think a lot of hard work had gone into them. Such fun.

walk, walk, walk πŸ‘£

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Sunday 22nd to Monday 30th November

There was a trip to the Rollright Stones and a fun walk in the woods nearby.

There was a nice little afternoon walk in Stratford-upon-Avon. The sunset when we came back into our town was quite amazing.

Then one day we decided on a visit to Foxholes Nature Reserve. It seems like we took a wrong turn when we first got there and were just walking through random deserted fields and very muddy tracks. And it was rather cold!

On our way back we found the way we should have gone in the first place!

We definitely need to go back in the Spring and Summer to see the bluebells, other wildflowers and wildlife. Hopefully it would be a bit warmer then too πŸ₯Ά

So it seems I walk my way through lockdown, maybe next time (will there be a next time???) I should find a spare wall like Viktorija.

Take a look at all of her doodles!

That really must have took some doing, but what a great idea.

When I’m sat having my morning cup of tea I notice this!

My garden fence is steaming!!!

Just a little thing that fascinated me! The joys of my lockdown πŸ€—

Small steps

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Monday 16th to Saturday 21st November

In the wars.

I finally had my flu jab at the weekend. Such a painful to move and very tender arm I had for a few days. Even my clothes touching it was so sore. Why does it do that?

And then, time to have all my bloods taken for Birmingham so they can be checked. As there are no clinic appointments at the moment, unless you need to be seen, I went to the local health centre.

Will, the nurse, was vicious! It did hurt and left me with quite a bruise this time and another slightly aching arm. I didn’t mind it too much though as at least he got it first time. Usually when the others are so much more gentle doing it, they don’t get it on the first attempt and end up having a few tries in different places. I don’t enjoy that 😐

Have you ever wondered What happens to my blood?

Interesting isn’t it? There are some clever people around! I wish I was one of them, I find it all so fascinating 🧐

Car picnic with Leah. Fun and very yummy πŸ˜‹

I’m furloughed again 🀯

I hope you’re all doing okay and managing to get through this crazy #Lockdown2. It’s very different this time isn’t it? We can’t really escape into the garden for a couple of hours, we don’t have the warm sunshine this time ☹️

Stay strong, be kind to yourself if you’re having a bad day, try to stay in touch with people wherever you can, remember to just take small steps each day and as you can see in the picture below, we will get through it πŸ’ͺ

Acorns

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Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th November

I had a really nice sunny afternoon walk with Robyn and Leah 😍

We had some fun in the woods.

Then we took a little succulent that I had previously planted for them to my mum and dad’s grave.

It doesn’t get any easier, I just miss them being around SO much, more and more as time goes on 😰😰

Another afternoon, another walk!

It’s so muddy everywhere at the minute from all the rain we’ve been having.

I wonder how he gets on in the mud!

Look at these lovely little acorn people from artist Dubanci.

Here’s me chilling with my coffee!

And here’s one my cousin made!